YOUR LOCAL NEWS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY SUPPORT FROM
ITHACA, N.Y. — A new, healthy eatery is opening soon in Downtown Ithaca. The fast casual restaurant will offer plant-based bowls, sweets and beverages.
The restaurant, Nikki Green, will be located on East State Street about a block from the Ithaca Commons. Owner Jacky Falkenberg said she has always been passionate about food and worked toward opening a restaurant throughout school at Cornell University. She recently graduated in the spring.
Falkenberg, who is originally from California, said she loved Ithaca’s plant-based community and decided to stay.
“I fell in love with the community and was already in Ithaca,” Falkenberg said. “It was the perfect fit.”
Falkenberg has crafted a menu packed with delicious-sounding combinations of vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits. She describes her creations as a twist on Buddha bowls and smoothie bowls. Buddha bowls are typically a mix of roasted and raw vegetables and grain or salad base. Smoothie bowls have a thick smoothie base with granola, chopped fruit and other toppings.
There are bowls on the menu like the “Wonder Bowl” with sweet potato, tricolor quinoa, salad greens, smoky eggplant, cherry tomatoes and green goddess pesto with the option of adding herbed macadamia cheese. There are also smoothie bowls like the “Tropicali Bowl” made with cinnamon mango pineapple almond milk base topped with strawberries, coconut shavings, macadamia nuts and turmeric.
Read The Rest of The Story Here.